Aberdeen authorities could move care to trust

Posted on 14 February 2011

Aberdeen City Council has put forward wide-ranging plans to change the way it provides care for the elderly, in a move that may affect the decisions of local residents who are paying for long term care.

The Aberdeen Press and Journal reports that the authority is looking to create a new company that would run services for older people, allowing it to keep open two homes currently scheduled for closure.

"They are already doing this in Essex and it seems to be quite successful. I think they found they could deliver it more cheaply and more effectively," councillor Jim Kiddie, convener of the social work committee, told the newspaper.

"It is very much akin to Aberdeen Performing Arts or Sport Aberdeen."

Recently, the newspaper reported that plans to expand Ruthrieston House in the city are set to go ahead, in a project that will add ten new rooms to the facility.

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